SBD/13/Facilities Venues

STADIUM NOTES

          Due to delays in choosing a site, the proposed new L.A.
     arena to be shared by the Kings and Lakers won't be ready to
     open in the fall of '99, as originally planned.  The arena
     will likely open in the summer of 2000 (L.A. TIMES, 1/11).
     ....In Minneapolis, Jay Weiner examines the formation of the
     Twins stadium proposal last week.  Weiner: "The business
     relationship between [Metropolitan Sports Facilities
     Commission Chair Henry] Savelkoul and [Twins Owner] Carl
     Pohlad intensified as they became friends. ...The Twins'
     cash contribution rose.  A  concept to have the state buy
     out the Pohlads was agreed upon.  A level of comfort had
     arrived"  (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/12)....The Oakland-
     Alameda County Coliseum Authority "refused" to turn over $1M
     to the Oakland Football Marketing Association. Instead, they
     transferred $500,000 to the OFMA with a promise to consider
     making additional public funds available within 45 days (SAN
     JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/10).


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